Robert Parker 90
I felt that the 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses just needs a little more aromatic spice to translate the terroir, to really capture the essence of Les Preuses. The palate is crisp on the entry with touches of spice and cumin and there is certainly good depth on the finish. Give this a year or two once in bottle. When tasting through the domaine’s white 2012s in Beaune, Mounir suddenly disappeared with an ominous â€œI’ve got a couple of things that will surprise you.â€ What could that be? Turns out that unsatisfied with the zillion cuvees he offers, he has added two more from Chablis from rented vineyards. In keeping with his modus operandi, these Chablis wines are undergoing an extended maturation in barrel and should be bottled later this year. No known US importer.
The 2012 Chablis Les Preuses is incredibly shut down and hard to read at this stage. Dried flowers, mint, spices and crushed flowers take shape in the glass, but only with great reluctance. Today, the Preuses is quite marked by the élevage here, with its emphasis on long aging on the lees in barrel and no SO2 during aging, just two of the choices that keep the wines in a reductive state in barrel. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see how things work out here.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2015